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Roads, Runways and Resistance

From the Newbury Bypass to Extinction Rebellion

Steve Melia

(author)

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Chronicling 30 years of public protest, government U-turns and environmental destruction, this is the story of Britain's transport policy
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The new updated edition of David Olusoga’s vital book on black British history

"Groundbreaking" – Observer

'As a movement for social change it is important that we understand our own history. This is a compelling read.'

From the anti-roads protests of the 1990s to HS2 and Extinction Rebellion, conflict and protest have shaped the politics of transport. In 1989, Margaret Thatcher's government announced 'the biggest road-building programme since the Romans.' This is the inside story of the thirty tumultuous years that have followed.

Roads, Runways and Resistance draws on over 50 interviews with government ministers, advisors and protestors - many of whom, including 'Swampy', speak here for the first time about the events they describe. It is a story of transport ministers undermined by their own Prime Ministers, protestors attacked or quietly supported by the police, and smartly-dressed protestors who found a way onto the roof of the Houses of Parliament.

Today, as a new wave of road building and airport expansion threatens to bust Britain's carbon budgets, climate change protestors find themselves on a collision course with the government. Melia asks, what difference did the protests of the past make? And what impacts might today's protest movements have on the transport of the future?

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Book publisherPluto Press
Publication date20 Jan 2021
FormatPaperback
Pages256
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